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7:40 PM ET, September 7, 2006

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Jim Kerstetter / CNET News.com:
Reporter's records hacked in HP probe  —  update A CNET News.com reporter's personal telephone records were accessed by a contractor hired by Hewlett-Packard to uncover the source of boardroom leaks to the media, according to the California attorney general's office.
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Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Quickest Patch Ever  —  If you really want to see Microsoft scramble to patch a hole in its software, don't look to vulnerabilities that impact countless Internet Explorer users or give intruders control of thousands of Windows machines.  Just crack Redmond's DRM.  —  Security patches used to be rare.
John Gartner / Marketing Blog Bent …:
Digg's Kevin Rose on Recent Indiggnation: Fact vs. Fiction  —  We (Jason, Evan and John) had a conference call with Kevin Rose (President)and Jay Adelson (CEO) of Digg to give them an opportunity to respond to speculation from Evan and others about how a small number of users are controlling placement of stories on Digg's home page.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and digg
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
digg top users protest (or, "one user, one vote—that's the rule)
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubles in Diggville  —  The incredibly successful news site Digg …
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC Advisor:
November release date looks safe  —  Early feedback from testers already using Windows Vista RC1 (Release Candidate 1) report that the OS (operating system) is more stable than expected, which bodes well for Microsoft's plan to have Vista out according to its current schedule.
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft hints at delay of Vista in Europe
Aija Lulle / Agence France Presse:
Latvians clutch sides and cry 'fowl' over Microsoft Vista
Fred / A VC:
YouTube's Potential Revenue  —  I heard last week from a pretty good source that YouTube is serving 100 million videos per day.  Say what you will about YouTube's content (unlicensed, kids falling of skateboards, etc), that's a huge number.  And it got me thinking about how much revenue could be extracted from such an audience.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
YouTube yearly revenue potential: Fred says $150M a year, I say $20M.  —  Fred does a great post on YouTube's revenue potential.  He takes the premise that if you put a 10 second pre-roll video on every video at a $15 CPM and split the earnings in a Google Adsense way you would wind up with a $150M a year business.
shahine.com/omar:
Inline Search for Internet Explorer  —  This is simply a must have add-in for IE.  For those of us that used the FireFox Find feature and were like "OMG", you can now have the same thing in IE.  —  You can see in the screen shot below how this works:  —  [Source: Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus]
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Veni, Vidi, Wiki  —  Wikipedia has edited its way into the big time.  —  The massive user-driven site is now the biggest encyclopedia in the world.  The mainstream media covers it extensively.  It was recently lampooned by The Onion and Comedy Central.  Soon, Wikipedia may also become familiar …
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
The Wiki That Edited Me  —  Journalists love to complain …
Discussion: rexblog
Wall Street Journal:
New Facebook Features Have Members in an Uproar  —  Facebook.com, the popular social-networking Web site for students, is suddenly getting the cold shoulder on campus.  —  On Tuesday, in an effort to make it easier for users to keep track of their friends, the fast-growing site rolled out two new features …
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Washington Post:
In Online Social Club, Sharing Is the Point Until It Goes Too Far
Discussion: Lost Remote
MacNN:
Apple files Multi-functional hand-held device patent application  —  On September 7, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled "Multi-functional hand-held device" originally filed in March 2006.  —  In light of Apple's September 12th "Showtime" media event …
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Treemo Launching Today: New Mobile Content Network Opens Public Beta  —  Treemo, a new mobile content network with a socially responsible twist has officially come online with their public beta.  —  Much like Mobango which I profiled in early August, Treemo lets you upload music or ringtones …
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
AOL's AIM Phone Line Developer Program: An example of the VON Community@Work  —  Since 1996 the evolving IP Communications industry has gathered at pulver.com events to gain industry insight and answer the questions: "what is now?, what is new?, where are we going? and who's making it happen?"
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Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Iotum hooks up with AIM Phoneline
Discussion: Skype Journal
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Magazines Going to the Web to Get Students to Read  —  COLLEGE students are famous for their transient ways, moving frequently and rarely leaving a permanent mailing address for magazine publishers to send subscription solicitations to.  —  For now, some magazine publishers are settling for their e-mail address.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA, TeleRead and Romenesko
BBC:
Fastest supercomputer to be built  —  Computer giant IBM will build the world's most powerful supercomputer at a US government laboratory.  —  The machine, codenamed Roadrunner, could be four times more potent than the current fastest machine, BlueGene/L, also built by IBM.
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
FTC fines Xanga for violating kids' privacy  —  $1 million penalty against social networking site is largest under 1998 law  —  Xanga.com, a rival to the popular MySpace.com, allegedly permitted creation of 1.7 million accounts by users who submitted birthdays indicating they were under 13.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Slashdot
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Borrell: Local Search Spending To Double  —  LOCAL ONLINE ADVERTISING WILL ENJOY another year of strong growth in 2007, increasing by 32 percent to $7.7 billion, according to a new report by research firm Borrell Associates Inc.  —  Paid local search is expected to remain the fastest-growing ad category …
ongoing:
JRuby Love  —  Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, better known as "The JRuby Guys", are joining Sun this month.  Yes, I helped make this happen, and for once, you're going to be getting the Sun PR party line, because I wrote most of it.  —  Jacki DeCoster, one of our PR people …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Theatergoers Want Mobile Phones Jammed  —  A new survey says that 72 percent of British theatergoers want mobile phone signals to be blocked in theaters.  Of course, like in the US, there's the small matter of such jamming being illegal in the UK, so new legislation would be required …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Newsome.Org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Amazon Unbox goes live  —  Amazon's movie download site, called Unbox, appears to have gone live today.  There's no link yet on the front page of Amazon, but the direct link at unbox.com works.  We covered early previews of the site last month.  Shows may be purchased or rented.
 
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How to dress like a Mac  —  I love Apple's latest television ads …
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iMac, mini drop before Showtime - why?
 

 
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